Sunday, January 3, 2010

Analyzing Bowie

This section is dedicated to the art of David Bowie, one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century, and the man I consider to be the number one genius of pop. I will attempt to present an analysis to every record and every album he ever made, and hopefully of every video and every show as well. We shall begin with the Space Oddity album from 1969 (I may return to have a look at the earlier stuff sometime in the future), and advance chronologically through the years, as Bowie's life story is an art-piece unto itself, and can only be understood if we follow it step by step.

This is an ongoing project, and any comments are welcomed. If you think I missed something, please let me know, and I will consider revising. I would like to thank my friends at Bowienet for all their help and support so far.

The list of records and albums will be presented below, and updated on a regular basis.

One remark about the definitions: the art of pop music is an art of recording, not writing. That is, the creative act is not done when you finish writing the song on paper, but only after you recorded it. Therefore, I will refer to every single Bowie number as a "record", even if it never came out as a single, and remained a track on the album. The word "song" will be used only when talking about the written composition.

Space Oddity
Space Oddity
Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed
Don't Sit Down
Letter to Hermione
Cygnet Committee
Janine
An Occasional Dream
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
God Knows I'm Good
Memory of a Free Festival

The Man Who Sold the World
Width of a Circle
All the Madmen
Black Country Rock
After All
Running Gun Blues
Saviour Machine
She Shook Me Cold
The Man Who Sold the World
The Supermen

Hunky Dory
Changes
Oh! You Pretty Things
Eight Line Poem
Life on Mars?
Kooks
Quicksand
Andy Warhol
Song for Bob Dylan
Queen Bitch
The Bewlay Brothers

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Five Years
Soul Love
Moonage Daydream
Starman
Lady Stardust
Star
Hang Onto Yourself
Ziggy Stardust
Suffragette City
Rock'n'roll Suicide

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